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Active Ageing Forum 15th October 2019

Anyone who wants to improve the quality of life for older people welcome!

This event will explore the positive impact being more physically active can have on issues commonly associated with ageing. It will also feature presentations and discussions covering principles and possible solutions to overcome barriers and challenges often associated with targeting this audience.

This event is particularly relevant for individuals working in the following sectors and/or areas

  • Public Health
  • Sport and Leisure
  • Leisure Trusts
  • Leisure Facilities
  • Adult Social Care
  • Falls prevention
  • Exercise Referral
  • Physio/Exercise therapy
  • Long term health conditions including mental health
  • Instructors/practitioners working on older people's programmes

Featured presentations will include:

1. Raising the bar on strength and balance: The importance of community-based provision

This presentation delivered by the Centre for Ageing Better presents the models of delivery, issues, barriers and innovative solutions of community-based strength and balance programmes.

2. Loneliness in Later Life

This presentation delivered by Age UK Berkshire will present some of the headlines discovered by research carried out by Age UK, along with potential solutions. Colleagues from Wokingham Borough Council Sport and Leisure will provide an outline of the solution they have developed to help tackle this issue locally.

3. Dementia Friendly Sport and Physical Activity guide

Get Berkshire Active's Healthy Communities Manager; Kirsty Heath will present this guide on behalf of the Alzheimers Society which has been developed to inform and educate individuals and organisations so they have a better understanding of dementia and how it affects people. It also provides tools and guidance so that the sector can help more people affected by dementia lead more active lives.​

4. Talk to Me Principles: Supporting you to engage all older people in physical activity

Helen Newberry, Engagement Advisor from the Activity Alliance will present these principles which were developed in partnership with Age UK and utilise learning from the Alliance's 'Get Active Get Outdoors' programme. These principles aim to provide practical ideas, insight and better practice in engaging older people in activity.

This event will also feature

  • Round table discussions and action planning on common issues cited when attempting to encourage ageing adults to be more active such as engaging more men.
  • Shake up Activities - short, simple, low cost activity ideas that anyone can replicate within their own setting.

Come along and help to improve the lives of older people in Berkshire!

A little more about our speakers....

Jane McDermott

Jane McDermott

Centre for Ageing Better

Jane has a portfolio career and has been working with the Centre for Ageing Better over the past 2 years working to support the vision of creating a society where everyone enjoys a good later life. She also works part time as the Manager of the Older People's Policy Research Unit at the University of Manchester where she lives. Jane has over 18 years' experience of working in programme leadership and project management in the fields of active and healthy ageing, falls prevention and social inclusion. During the past 7 years Jane has been working across Europe, as a member of the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing, Action Group 2 – Falls Prevention, as well as coordinating the Prevention of Falls Network for Dissemination (ProFouND). Jane also works as an Executive Coach, working with senior leaders from across public and charitable organisations. Outside of work, Jane and her family have worked as foster parents to early career Paralympic swimmers based at the British Para-Olympic National Performance Centre in Manchester.

Helen Newberry

Helen Newberry

Engagement Advisor (South West)

Activity Alliance

Helen joined Activity Alliance as an Engagement Advisor in 2017. Covering the South West region, Helen supports key strategic partners to be more effective in enabling more disabled people be more active. Helen also has a background in Public Health working in the field of physical activity and nutrition.

Fiona Price


Age UK Berkshire

Fiona joined Age UK Berkshire in 2017. The charity supports around 15,000 older people a year and aims to ensure that older people can maximise their health and wellbeing in later life. Fiona is a strong advocate for older people across the Berkshire area and has a background in retail, community development and the charity sector.

Glenn Goudie

Glenn Goudie

Physical Activity Projects Manager

Wokingham Borough Council

Glenn Goudie is a Physical Activity Projects manager with a decade of experience in designing and promoting physical activity and well-being projects for Wokingham Borough Council. Projects include the Walking for Health scheme, Dementia Friendly Activities, Falls Prevention programme, volunteer projects and the Ageing Actively project which has been rolled out across the borough. He works closely with colleagues from Adult Social care, Tenant Services, Public Health, NHS and the local volunteer agencies. Glenn also delivers training courses to help increase mentoring opportunities for volunteers involved with the project.

Glenn is an active volunteer and plays a major role at a local football club as 1st team manager as well as being a keen golfer.

Nick Rance

Nick Rance

Community Physical Activity Manager

Get Berkshire Active

Nick joined Get Berkshire Active in 2016 and leads on our Older Adult & Social Isolation Projects. Nick has over 10 years experience of working in various roles within the Sport & Leisure Sector in Berkshire and has developed a range of skills to engage and motivate those that are most inactive within our communities.

Kirsty Heath

Healthy Communities Manager (Berkshire West)

Get Berkshire Active

Kirsty joined GBA at its launch in 2011 and has, since then, been involved in a wide range of physical activity and sport programmes including Ever Active (targeting socially isolated older adults), This Girl Can and Workplace Challenge. A large part of Kirsty's role now focuses on building and maintaining relationships with partners in Berkshire West, a task that is supported through the delivery of events such as the Active Ageing Forum.

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